|Middle School Band Angels & Prophets Spreads Its Wings|
If you haven’t yet heard of Angels & Prophets, chances are you may be downloading one of their songs to your music library in the near future.
What began as a musical outlet for a group of Carmel Academy’s students has turned into perhaps one of the first-ever Middle School Jewish rock bands. Angels & Prophets, which performs weekly at Carmel, entertains guests at the school’s largest events, played their first live venue in December and is gearing up to record several original tracks at a recording studio.
“I feel proud of all of us. When we first started this last year many of us couldn’t do what we do now. In the time we have been together we have learned so much,” said drummer Adam Israel.
The band, comprised of twelve Middle School students, has truly bonded over their shared purpose. “Music is our cornerstone, and spreading joy and ruach (spirit) is our mission,” said Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein, Carmel Academy’s Madrich Ruchani (Spiritual Leader), who created the band with the students.
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|CA Student Moves On To State Geography Bee|
Congratulations to Ben, a CA 7th grader who won our first-ever Carmel Academy Geography Bee! As part of the National Geographic Bee, Ben answered questions about our 50 states, trivia questions about American history, questions about our oceans and continents, and questions about various other countries. He answered the majority of the 145 questions correctly and he now moves on to the next round, competing against the winners from schools throughout Connecticut for a chance to head to Washington DC, where the winner from each state will vie for a $50,000 scholarship to college.
|1st Grade Community Celebration|
Who are the people in your neighborhood? Let Carmel Academy's first graders tell you! After months of learning about what institutions are integral to a vibrant community, our first graders welcomed their parents to "Carmel Place." Throughout the school year, first graders visited important places in a community as part of their social studies curriculum -- from the police station to the bakery to the grocery store. In fact they took seven field trips where they learned about various institutions and interviewed people who work in them. To prepare for their visits the students read non-fiction texts, watched videos and brainstormed interview questions. As part of a culminating program, parents had the opportunity to browse "Carmel Place." Dressed as bakers and bankers, police and firefighters, librarians and postal workers, the students went to work at their respective businesses. Using Carmel "money" parents purchased treats at the bakery, bought stationary at the general store, mailed letters at the post office, got fingerprinted at the police station, learned about fire safety at the fire house, and checked out books at the library. Student writing about what type of job they would want and why was on display, and artwork, inspired by artist James Rizzi, adorned the walls.
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|David Derin Joins Middle School Judaic Studies Faculty|
The new school year is underway and we are thrilled to continue introducing our new esteemed faculty members. Today we extend a warm welcome to David Derin, who joins our Middle School Judaic Studies faculty. David comes to us from sunny California where he received his undergraduate degree from University of Southern California. Following college, Moreh David served as a paratrooper in the IDF, and where he was in a unit that did field reconnaissance. Following his service in the IDF, he remained in Israel where he received his Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education while simultaneously earning a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Day School Educators Program. Moreh David, who recently moved to Stamford with his wife, is excited to experience an East Coast winter! Here’s an interesting fact about our newest Middle School teacher: Every year he reads the book, "Peter Pan." He loves the idea of never growing up, but not in the way that most people would think. To him Neverland is about holding on to and chasing your dreams, which he considers a big motivator.
Welcome Moreh David!
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